Lexus IS-F Video Review by MyRideTV

This video review of the Lexus IS-F by MyRideTV has to have the highest video quality I’ve seen online yet, it’s just full of great footage. The opening sequence from the driver’s perspective is especially nice:

I don’t know why all video reviews can’t look this good.

Japanese Special Edition Lexus GS with “Passionate Black” Interior

Sure, the Japanese Elegant White Interior edition of the Lexus IS was nice, but this new special edition of the GS with its “Passionate Black Interior” almost rocked my socks right off:

Lexus GS Passionate Black Interior

Lexus GS Passionate Black Interior

Lexus GS Passionate Black Interior

Lexus GS Passionate Black Interior

This interior is a limited run of 500, and there’s a choice of any GS, including the 450h. THe upgrade costs ¥780,000 ($7,300 USD) more than the regular GS, but in my mind, it’s a price fully justified. This is simply stunning, from the two wood trims to the blood-red carpeting.

(I wonder why these special editions are limited to such a low number?)

[Source: Lexus Japan]

Top Gear Magazine Reviews the Lexus IS-F

Lexus IS-F

Top Gear Magazine has posted up their review of the Lexus IS-F, and it’s just as sharply written and clever as you would expect. Most of their praise is a double-edged sword, as every compliment is balanced with a swipe at the rest of Lexus’ lineup:

Where my keep-it-simple plan falls apart, is when a company like Lexus, which has only ever made brilliantly built but dull cars, produces something like the IS-F. It ruins the whole generalization game and forces you to be specific. Now, whenever anyone asks me about Lexus I’m going to be forced to say they’re all OK, but the IS-F is the very definition of exceptional. Anything else would be wrong, because that’s precisely what it is.

Only exceptional really describes accurately what it is, because the rest of the range is as interesting as a blank sheet of paper next to the IS-F. This car is very interesting indeed.

In the same way the company studied microscopically, then re-invented the luxury car market, creating a car it felt matched or bettered all the competition in every key area, it’s now done the exact same thing with the luxury performance saloon space.

And, for the first time, it’s created a car with more spirit than a distillery. It’s like it’s poured the M3, C63 and RS4 into a blender, given them a good mix and come up with its own blend of tyre-shredding über sports saloon.

The reviewer noted some rather uncharacteristic faults with the IS-F, including squeaks from the dash and a faulty trunk release, but thought it a decent enough tradeoff considering the overall package, and suggested that the faults on purpose, to give the car even more character.

Longo Lexus gets larger

Longo Lexus

Longo Lexus, the largest Lexus dealership in the western US, will be growing even larger with the help of some substantial grants from El Monte, California (the dealership’s home) and the federal government.  Along with the adjoining Toyota dealership, this grant of $3,000,000 will be used to construct a 50,000-square-foot service facility, additional parking, a revamped show-room and a 2,500-car parking structure behind the dealership.

Clearly, this is a serious upgrade, and according to El Monte Redevelopment Director Eugene Moi, very beneficial to the city as well:

Moi said the sales tax increase resulting from the renovations has already more than covered the city’s investment. And that’s before El Monte begins to cash in on the added property tax revenues from the new facilities.“We have made a prudent investment to stimulate further investment in the city, and it has definitely worked,” Moi said.

The construction of this upgraded dealership brings with it 131 new jobs, and this is on top of the existing workforce of nearly 860 people.

[Source: SGV Tribune via Autoblog]

Video of the Lexus LS 460L in Test Drive Unlimited

I have yet to play the Test Drive Unlimited video game, but my interest just went up ten-fold after discovering that the Lexus LS 460L is an available car. This video clip from the game is pretty funny, it even includes a fully-virtual Lexus dealership showroom:

I don’t understand the inclusion of a flagship full-size luxury sedan in a racing game, but the fact that it’s the long-wheelbase version makes it twice as bizarre.